The use of unmanned equipment has been at the heart of the mining industry’s initiative to create a safe production environment in underground mines. Not only do these vehicles remove workers from dangerous scenarios, they also operate 24 hours a day, which both increases productivity and decreases costs.
Key fact: An Australian mining company has stated that driverless vehicles are approximately 15% cheaper to run than human operated ones
Drones are another type of unmanned vehicle being deployed in underground mines as a way of inspecting mining equipment and deep shafts, as well as monitoring geotechnical conditions. By gathering high-quality visual data and delivering it quickly, drones can minimise accidents and improve workforce safety better than traditional surveying systems.
Reduces operating costs
Improves workforce safety
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